In the Netherlands we have 20-25 free days a year. In the summer the Dutch typically take 10-15 days off and leave their rainy country to relax on a sunny coasts in Spain, France, Italy or jump on a plane to explore nature in Asia, South America, USA or Canada.
Some of us are control freaks. They can not let go, they can not unwind, not even on holiday. They keep asking themselves: “what if something happens with the business while I am gone?”
About 2 years ago I decided that it should be possible to run the company from a sandy beach anywhere on the globe using only an iPhone. As a results, we only use business applications in the cloud to run our business. Gmail & Google apps for email and calendaring, Google Adwords for Marketing Salesforce for CRM, Zendesk for support, Freshbooks for invoicing and project management, TribeHR for human resources, Goto Meeting, Skype & Yammer for communication and off course KPI Library to consolidate all the data and turn in into meaningful Business Analytics.
The best decision ever, our business is 100% “holiday ready”. I am really looking forward to the sunny coasts of Italy in august, knowing that each morning I can check out our KPI scorecards, receive daily updates and know that my co-workers do the same so we are not dropping the ball in the summer.
All the information we need, accessible on a mobile phone, not more then 1 click away and updated daily.
We are ready for the holiday season, the question is are you?
“have 20-25 free days a year” Wow. Is that addition to paid Sick (Ill) days and addition to paid Holidays?